The primary goal of the Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health Research’s Pilot Project Program (PPP) is to enable the Center to initiate new research in environmental health science (EHS). The PPP will fund at least 6 projects each year via 3 award mechanisms. Each award aligns with an aim of the Center and the NIEHS 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. The Foundation Award will recruit and support highly qualified new and mid-career researchers from different disciplines who will advance EHS research. The Vanguard Award will promote innovation in EHS research by supporting members who are advancing methodology, theory, or transdisciplinary collaboration or taking advantage of time-sensitive opportunities. The Strategic Initiative Award will promote research translation by building partnerships with stakeholders (e.g. health agencies, environmental regulators, community groups, non-profits, clinicians, manufactures, pharmaceutical firms, or Tribes) to co-produce actionable knowledge that can reduce risk, prevent harm, and improve public health.

The EHS Center Pilot Projects Program is the driving force enabling the Center to promote research in environmental health science. The overall goal of the Pilot Projects Program is to integrate environmental health science perspective into emerging research programs that will benefit from the use of the Center’s core facilities. Projects are for one year with a maximum budget of $25,000 (progress reports required after six months).

Junior faculty and non-Center members that will use and/or expand the services of the Center’s facility cores are especially encouraged to apply. Center members are eligible if the pilot project expands the existing capabilities of the EHSC facility cores.

Review Criteria: (based upon new NIH guidelines)


The pilot projects will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the EHSC Center with outside reviewers consulted as necessary. The projects will be evaluated according to the new NIH guidelines that address the following specific areas: Significance, Investigator(s), Innovation, Approach, and Environment. Relevance to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) goals is prerequisite.

More Information on the NIH guidelines can be found here (


Previous funding projects are listed below:



  • 2014 - 2015 Funded Projects

    • Investigating environmental, microbiome, and host interactions using zebrafish
    • PAH exposures in Texas oil fields